Eden’s Blueprint, an exhibit of original art prints from Ireland, will be available for viewing in Peoria City Hall’s Pine Room. The exhibit runs May 16 thru June 23, Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 12 – 6 p.m. The gallery reception will be June 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.
This exhibition builds on a previous arts and exhibition exchange program between Ards Borough Council and Peoria City Council. Ards Borough merged with North Down to become Ards and North Down Borough Council, and this is the first exhibition to travel between the two areas since the merger. For this exhibit, artists have have produced a body of original prints in a range of techniques including etching, relief and digital processes.
Seacourt: The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking asked artists to produce art to reflect the Antrium Castle Gardens in partnership with Clotworthy House Art Centre. The gardens are the most unique and historically intact gardens in the United Kingdom. The former seat of the Skeffington family, Antrim Castle occupied the banks of the Sixmilewater River since 1610. The family began laying out the gardens in the 17th century and used the Biblical name ‘Eden’ to describe the paradise they sought to create. While the castle itself was destroyed by fire in 1922 the principal Anglo-Dutch water features of the gardens, though somewhat neglected, have remained largely intact. Recently, a restoration project worked to restore many of the key features dating back to the late 17th century. This has been the biggest garden restoration project seen in Northern Ireland.
Along with the City of Peoria, the exhibition will also run in Clotworthy Arts Centre in Antrim June and July. In August it will travel to Brussels to be exhibited at the Offices of the First and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland. It will also be shown at the International Airport in Northern Ireland September-November. It will be in New Zealand during November as well.
For more information about this exhibit and the reception or Peoria’s art program, call 623-773-7137 or visit www.peoriaaz.gov/arts.